Arnold and Joanne De Jong

May 9th, 2022

In Loving Memory

Arnold Conrad De Jong (July 22, 1944 - May 9, 2022)

 Joanne De Jong (November 19, 1945 - May 9, 2022)

On Monday, May 9, 2022, we lost our parents, Arnie and Joanne De Jong in a senseless, tragic act.  They were taken from this earth through evil, but welcomed into the loving embrace of Jesus. This is our only comfort.

Arnie and Joanne were raised in Abbotsford and were active and respected members in their community and church. They loved their family immensely and took pride in their business, hard work, dependability and integrity. Early in their marriage, they established De Jong Transport and purchased Arnie’s beloved 1965 Hayes truck (“Hazel”) which travelled nearly two million miles with Arnie behind the wheel, transporting produce, fresh berries, flowers and eggs. Joanne worked as a LPN at hospitals in the Vancouver area before staying home to raise their daughters and assist with the business.

Arnie took pride in his work, a job always done well and made sure that his daughters knew that “Father Know Best”. He was a loyal friend to many, and loved socializing over the phone or coffee with his abundance of friends. He loved classical music, camping, fishing, watching old westerns, and being a grandpa. He was one of a kind. Joanne poured her love and energy into her daughters, grandchildren, and extended family.  She loved baking, playing the piano, camping, spending time with her daughters and delighted in watching her grandchildren grow. She was the most amazing mom, grandma, sister, aunt, baker, seamstress, and friend. She modeled sacrificial love and joy.

Arnie and Joanne are survived by their loving daughters Sandra, Kimberley and Heather, three son-in-laws, precious grandchildren, loved siblings, beloved nieces and nephews, as well as countless loyal and precious friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 20 at 1:30 PM at Gateway Community CRC located at 2884 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford. A private graveside service will be held separately.

Special thanks to the Abbotsford Police, IHIT, our parent’s neighbours and friends, and church family.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada or World Renew are greatly appreciated.

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There are no words to express how sad we are that this happened to your parents! They were such wonderful people, and they raised wonderful daughters!! Love and prayers for all of you, and may God grant you peace and strength in the days ahead.

The best friends anyone could ever have. Arnie and I started our trucking careers together so many years ago and remained pals all this time. Joanne was always a delight whenever we visited and at functions we all attended. I cannot even begin to know the pain this family is experiencing and we must all try in our own way to help them at this time.

My condolences to the family of Arne and Joanne De Jong. As a trucker, I ran into Arne quite often through the years. He was well liked and respected in the industry. thinking about our last meeting at the BCline drivers reunion (June 2019) I remember our conversation and the fact that he remembered my name and some details from our last meeting. I always enjoyed our talks. He will be missed. Ted Swaluk Nanaimo BC

My condolences to Sandra and the rest of her family. Every time I think of you I pray for you.

I had the honor of knowing and working with Arnie over a number of years with providing freight services to common customers. Arnie was a pleasure to work with. He helped me recently with his many contacts in the transport industry. We are praying and will continue to pray for your family. May you know that God is still in control during this storm, and give you peace. Philip Giesbrecht

I've had the honor of knowing Arnie and Joanne for many years. I did business with Arnie for close to 20 years. He was a dear Christian friend who enjoyed visiting over the phone or in person either here in Sioux Falls or in the early morning at Bob's Burger and Brew in Sumas. My deepest sympathy to the 3 girls their husbands and children

Brett and I cannot imagine the shock your family must be having at this time . We met your Mother and Father in Quebec City. We were at the same treatment place fighting our battle with cancer. We kept in touch, your parents were lovely friendly and kind people. May you find peace soon and remember the cherished memories.

It saddens and shocks us that this couple happen to such an awesome couple. My husband drove that old truck so he could get a break from the crazy hours this man worked to support his family. Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family at this trying time. Murray and Faye Dalrymple

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